Shy'Kemmia Shy'Rezz Pate

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Top Two Row and Bottom Left and Center: Shy'Kemmia, circa 1998;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 21 (circa 2010)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 4, 1998 from Unadilla, Georgia
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: October 29, 1989
  • Age: 8 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'4, 59 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Shy'Kemmia had braided extensions in her hair at the time of her disappearance, and her hair twirled in the front with 10 to 12 gold beads in the sections. She has a surgical scar along her waistline and her ears are pierced. Her nickname is Shy-Shy.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A neon green button-down Atlanta Braves jersey with red lettering, Levi's jeans and white K-Swiss sneakers.
  • Medical Conditions: Shy'Kemmia suffers from asthma and needed at-home breathing treatments in 1998.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Shy'Kemmia was last seen near her family's residence on Crumpler Avenue near The Roxy Club in Unadilla, Georgia at approximately 7:00 p.m. on September 4, 1998. Her family planned to attend a football game that evening. Her older sister decided to get gasoline for her car and pick up Shy'Kemmia afterwards. When she returned from the gas station, she realized Shy'Kemmia was missing. The authorities were summoned after Shy'Kemmia's family was unable to locate her later in the night. She has never been seen again.

    Authorities have received numerous tips regarding Shy'Kemmia's disappearance, but no solid evidence has been located to guide them to her whereabouts. Neighbors in the area gave their consent for investigators to search their homes; police searched every residence, inside and out, in a five- to six-block radius from the Pate home and found no evidence in her case.

    Investigators explored the possibility that Quentin "Droopy" Kendrick, one of her family's neighbors in 1998, may have been involved in her case. Kendrick was arrested in 2001 and charged with several counts of sexual assault. He resided approximately 300 yards from Shy'Kemmia's home at the time she vanished. A search of his property did not yield any clues as to Shy'Kemmia's whereabouts. Kendrick is not believed to have been involved in her disappearance.

    Shy'Kemmia is described as an outgoing child who loved skating and new clothes in 1998. She was involved with her family's church. Authorities believe that Shy'Kemmia may have been abducted by someone she was familiar with at the time. The neighborhood where she lived had a high crime rate. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Dooly County Sheriff's Department
    229-268-4128

    OR
    Georgia Bureau Of Investgation
    478-987-4545

    OR
    Federal Bureau Of Investigation
    202-324-3000

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    Federal Bureau Of Investigation
    Georgia Bureau Of Investigation
    The Macon Telegraph
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    CBS Atlanta
    WMGT 41

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 30, 2016; picture added.

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